A local performing arts group has seen its members swell since returning from lockdown.
Applause Theatre School which had been operating in Bishop Auckland until the Covid pandemic forced them to close their doors. When students were finally allowed to return the Theatre Arts School found they were without a base to operate from but all that changed when one of the teachers suggested Newton Aycliffe Youth and Community Association’s facilities.
Since that point, the group that offers singing, dance and drama lessons for students aged 6 to 16 years, has grown.
Kate Ruddick, the school’s Principal, said “We have been so lucky to find these facilities here in Newton Aycliffe, they really do suit our needs perfectly. We had thought we might be closed for good before this and to see it so well received is great” adding “Applause isn’t just about growing your skills in performing arts, it’s about confidence, team working skills and inclusivity”. The reception from Newtonians has been so good that Kate has decided to re-open her early years group for 3- to 5-year-olds with classes specifically designed for them and already has a waiting list.
Applause is looking forward to a new term of fun activities and are preparing a version of Grease for their students. They are also looking forward to enrolling new students who feel they would benefit and are offering a free trial to locals to test the water, so to speak.
Applause runs lessons on Fridays after school, with an hour each of dance, drama, and singing and can be contacted on 01388 664066 or via their Facebook page: Applause Newton Aycliffe